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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump and the six-trillion-dollar question. Andrew Bacevich responds to Trump’s address to Congress and the president’s enthusiasm for even more wasteful military spending.

The Houthis are not Hezbollah. Joost Hiltermann and April Longley Alley explain that Yemen’s Houthis are not an Iranian proxy and why escalation in Yemen is the wrong thing to do.

The state of Trump’s State Department. Julia Ioffe reports on a State Department that is demoralized and lacking guidance on what it should be doing under the new administration.

Downplaying the U.S. contribution to Yemen’s impending famine. Adam Johnson calls attention to the U.S. role in enabling the Saudi-led war and the disastrous humanitarian consequences that have followed from it, and faults Western media for mostly ignoring that role.

Who is Jon Huntsman? Daniel DePetris comments on the possibility that Huntsman could be named to serve as Deputy Secretary of State.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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